We did have 2 Stone Roses tickets for Heaton Park in Manchester up for grabs. The support included Plan B, The Wailers and Dirty North. Guess what after asking around for a week seemed like most people in York didn't like the Stone Roses - 1 ticket was finally sold and the other one touted in about 10 seconds outside the gig. Well all those people who said they didn't want to go have missed out on a gig that will never be forgotten. Yes, there were plenty of Manchester idiots there - pushing, throwing and mouthing off but as hard as they tried they still couldn't spoil the aged Roses bringing back those classic tunes and reminding us of that era when ............ er, the era, yes, no, I can't remember that era, my god I am wrinkly too and grey, what happened?
P.S. Shame about the Fosters Lager £4, well I suppose the good thing is that it leaves the body almost as fast as it enters.
22 year old still missing from the gig on Friday night -
A great night was had by all on Thursday 5th April. Over 150 glasses of York Chocolate Stout from Rudgate Brewery was given away by our two Oompa Loompa's in an hour. A big thanks to Craig from Rudgate for providing the beer on our evening of the celebration of chocolate. For more information on the new Rudgate beer have a look at www.oneandother.com or the weekend article in The Press .
We will once again be having it on tap this weekend so if you missed out last week then come down and enjoy this marvellous new beer.
View some of the evenings photo's below, courtesy of a great photographer Andy Gaines - check out his site - http://andygaines.com/
It's ventured around the Belgium and Czech breweries and goes to and from our Goathland cottage. It's a pimped out Wellhouse Leisure conversion Toyota Granvia with many extras. Webasto Heating System, Cramer hob and sink, Solar panels, Dual Leisure Batteries, Hot Water system and Shower, Fridge, Driver & Passenger Television, Rear drop down TV/Monitor, Kenwood DVD/Stereo system, Freeview international TV system, Panasonic Subwoofer, 32 litre water tank, Electric hookup, Reimo elevating roof, Black Leather seating, Airconditioning, Swivel Captains chair, Alloys. This van has it all and goes like the wind!! It has a Landcruiser engine that has never had any problems and will last almost forever . It's now sold - goodbye - we've had some great adventures together
We are proud to announce a new microbrewery from Elvington - The Hop Studio.
They have launched 4 new beers -
HOP STUDIO BLONDE 3.5% a remarkably light, crisp and hoppy alewith a hint of sauvignon. Maris Otter Pale Malt and Carapils provide a light malty base for intensely aromatic floral, citrus and gooseberry flavours of Chinook, Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops.
HOP STUDIO PILSNER 4.0% their antidote to mass produced lager! Brewed with Lager Malt, Perle and Saaz hops to give a clean crisp taste of creamy malt and strong herbal aromas with a dry, hoppy finish that's not too bitter.
HOP STUDIO GOLD 4.5% Maris Otter Pale Malt and Caramalt provide a rich malty base. Goldings hops contribute a soft rounded bitterness as a counterpoint to the citrus and tropical flavours of Motueka Hops.
HOP STUDIO XS 5.5% is an extremely special complex, strong ale. Maris Otter Pale and Crystal Malt provide the rich malty base.Challenger, Northdown, and Target hops contribute a complex rounded bitterness enhanced by floral, citrus aromas and flavours from Wakatu hops.
All beers are available in bottles from 10th May in our store and also try the draught in the bar this week.
Well Durham Brewery have done it again - Something Blue 10% for the Royal Wedding was superb and we will have Draught Jubilate 6.5% on for the Jubilee. Can't wait for the beer, err not the Jubilee!!!
Alcohol Content: 6.5%
Type: Modern American style India Pale Ale
Originally a style that was exported to India before it was possible to brew in India. At the beginning of the 19th century IPA was the beer of choice for our troops in India. Coming from England, it had to be strongly hopped to last the journey, therefore IPAs are defined by their hoppiness.
This modern American IPA has a fresh grassy and perfumy aroma that develops from extended maturation with dry hopping. Pale with a full, rich body topped with orange, coriander and subtle ginger flavours. Innovative modern beer but smooth and subtle with vat maturation on the final ingredients.
Drink on its own so that its rich complexity is fully appreciated. The large 500ml bottle is ample to share. For a full development of character keep for at least six months.
Over the next two weeks we will be rotating Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager. Try all 4 US Craft Ales and decide which one you prefer - Usually we only keep Brooklyn as it's the only one kegged in the UK and has a fantastic taste.
As part of the promo we will be doing them all at £4 a pint!
Visit us on Facebook and decide which one you prefer
Well here's an on going list of top UK beers - of course it's down to personal taste and there's plenty not listed here that should be. At Trembling Madness we are striving to get as many of the best beers from the UK onto our shelves for you to try - there's a shortage of our favourite brewer Kernel due to demand and the production is limited whilst the expansion work is going on - hopefully May time should see a greater quantity return. Meanwhile we have a good bottled range of Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Oakham, Buxton, Brewdog and Marble who all appear in this list. Over 600 beers always in stock and always on rotation in the House Pub, we are so lucky!
1. Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve Old Chimneys
2. The Kernel Breakfast Stout The Kernel
3. BrewDog Nøgne Ø Mikkeller Black Tokyo* Horizon BrewDog
4. The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 The Kernel
5. Buxton Axe Edge Buxton
6. The Kernel India Pale Ale S.C.G.A.NS The Kernel
7. The Kernel India Pale Ale Galaxy The Kernel
8. The Kernel India Pale Ale Citra The Kernel
9. The Kernel India Pale Ale S.C.C.A.NS. The Kernel
10. Magic Rock Bearded Lady Magic Rock
11. The Kernel India Pale Ale Double Black The Kernel
12. Buxton Black Rocks Buxton
13. The Kernel India Pale Ale Columbus The Kernel
14. Oakham Green Devil IPA Oakham
15. Marble Utility Special 2010 Marble
16. The Kernel Imperial Stout The Kernel
17. The Kernel India Pale Ale Black 2 The Kernel
18. The Kernel Export Stout London 1890 The Kernel
19. Magic Rock Rock Star Magic Rock
20. Thornbridge Evenlode Thornbridge
21. Thornbridge Geminus Thornbridge
22. Thornbridge Raven Thornbridge
23. Oakham Citra Oakham
24. Dark Star Critical Mass Dark Star
25. The Kernel India Pale Ale Simcoe The Kernel
26. The Kernel India Pale Ale Black The Kernel
27. Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout Freeminer
28. Marble Dobber Marble
29. Arbor Yakima Valley American IPA Arbor
30. Magic Rock Dark Arts Magic Rock
Reviews taken from ratebeer.com
It's a very special rare treat and may not been seen again for a while, okay it's a little pricey but the beer drinking experience is something that won't be forgotten.
Most Brooklyn beers are made with a blend of hop varietals. As a chef does with spices, they look to get the best qualities of each hop and create a harmony of flavours and aromas. However, a few years ago, their brewmaster ran into a hop unique enough to deserve its own moment in the sun. A large Japanese brewery first developed the hop variety “Sorachi Ace” in 1988. A cross between the British “Brewer’s Gold” and the Czech “Saaz” varieties, it exhibited a quality that was unexpected – it smelled really lemony.
The unique flavor of Sorachi Ace was bypassed by the big brewers, but Brooklyn thought it was pretty cool. So they made a special beer with it, and added the beer to their Brewmaster’s Reserve special draft beer program last year. Most Brewmaster’s Reserve beers are only available for a short time, and then they’re gone. But they liked this one so much, they decided to bring it back and give it the star treatment. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but made entirely with now-rare Sorachi Ace hops grown by a single farm in Oregon. They ferment it with their own special Belgian ale strain, and then add more Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After the dry-hopping, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemongrass / lemon zest aroma backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor.
It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine, especially with seafood dishes and fresh cheeses. It’s just the thing on nice summer days and beyond.
We are happy to announce the launch of York Chocolate Stout from Rudgate Brewery. This Thursday 5th April from 7pm you are all welcome to come and taste this great new local beer at Trembling Madness for free! We have another new hand pull installed for the occasion. Meet the brewer and enjoy the evening celebration of chocolate. From our local range of chocolate brownies to Brooklyn Chocolate Stout with an ice-cream float. For more information on the new Rudgate beer have a look at www.oneandother.com . Can't wait for Thursday, see you there!
A quick shout to warn you BROOKLYN BLAST is here on draught. It uses the bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise and the earthy English hops to build the foundation of a hop monster brandishing five pounds of hops per barrel with considerable finesse. The varieties are half American, half English: Ahtanum, Simcoe, Willamette, Centennial, Palisade, East Kent Golding, Northdown, Challenger, and Fuggle. Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts bring solidity, balance and beautiful flavors to a golden beer that's ludicrously hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. You won't even know what hit you. Warning it's at a price - supposed to be £5 for half a pint - we are now selling it at £3.50 a half!
Style: Big IPA
Hops: Ahtanum, Simcoe, Willamette, Centennial, Palisade, East Kent Golding, Pilgrim, Challenger, and Fuggle
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
Original Gravity: 18.8° Plato
We all remember those days when pubs closed early doors and if you were lucky enough you had that memorable lock in. Come down tonight and get locked in. We'll celebrate the new year and play some classic tunes. Avoid the chaos and crowds - the first 50 people in can stay! Happy New Year!!
Well the Xmas beers have left the shelves for another year, goodbye and farewell. Lets hope you were some of the lucky ones who got to try some. The house is still in christmas mode on the lead up to new year, so we are keeping on a few winter draughts including Delirium Xmas 10%, Nice Chouffe 10% and Gordon's Xmas 8.8%.
Our home-made mulled wine is still available throughout December, £3.50 a glass - fancy making it at home then download our recipe below.
A new year brings new plans and ideas. So to start we aim to bring you a new food menu within the next week. Also there will be a collection of new breweries appearing on the shop shelves, this week check out the Bristol Beer Factory and Fyne Ales, we'll keep you informed on all the new ales that hit our shelves. Please let us know what you would like to see in The Madness, we do have access to well over 10,000 product lines but obviously we can't stock them all! Our draught beers will continue to change reflecting on the current season, the Christmas selection was a fantastic range of Belgium winter brews, watch out for the White Stout 7.5% from Durham and a collection of excellent IPA's. The Madness Chamber will start to be developed and hopefully open for spring - What is the Madness Chamber? Well we are not quite sure yet - it will in some part be luxury medieval accommodation overlooking the minster, it will be available to rent alongside our Madness Cottage. The Cottage is being expanded to accommodate 4 people from Spring onwards, new bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and a real fire (It's getting pretty booked now so hurry!). In all a busy year and we hope to do our best to make things more fun and enjoyable for you all - Happy New Year!
Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider & perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and now is the time.
If you missed our cider festival at the start of October then don't worry, we will be having guest scrumpy ciders throughout the rest of the year.
To read more and see what cider festivals are happening near you please visit CAMRA's cider page.
“Envisions” by GaiaNova & United VJs
York Castle Museum (north building),
Eye of York
26th-29th October, 6.30pm-10pm
Envisions is an original and exciting artistic creation that will bring the north façade of the Castle Museum to life using Video Projection Mapping. The work will be inspired by the former life of the 18th century building as a women’s prison and York’s rich and diverse history. Whispers from our ancestors and echoes from the people of York combine with up to the minute projection technologies and a specially developed soundtrack to create a startling and colourful journey through the city’s past.
Video Projection Mapping is the projection of 3D motion graphics in real-time onto the surface of a building or structure. The result is visually stunning as the exterior of the building will appear to come alive with animated forms, transforming into a dynamic construction. Combining the visual style of several different artists, ”Envisions” will provide the audience with a journey through local history. There will be moments of suspense, explosions and thrilling falls, as the building appears to come to life in front of the viewer. To see an example of past video projection mapping projects by United VJs visit http://www.unitedvjs.com.br/videomapping
To realise this project, the international artists United VJs will collaborate with UK based video projection design specialists GaiaNova Productions, who have been responsible for delivering many large-scale outdoor video art installations across the globe, including the 2009 Illuminating York Festival.
Envisions has been produced with the kind support of QED Productions.
Check out the website http://illuminatingyork.org.uk/the-main-event/
As expected we didn't win the award for Best Pub in Yorkshire and unfortunately no York businesses won any of the 16 tourism awards. The award ceremony was very formal, very large and in Doncaster. The beers on the tables disappointed - Black Sheep Ale and Timothy Taylors landlord. Hopefully next time they will support some of the great new craft breweries producing spectacular Yorkshire beers. We did exceedingly well to make the short-list as we are just a room above an off-license with no kitchen! The staff here at the Madness will continue to work extremely hard to provide you with the best service, food and drinks available and hopefully we will raise our game to try to obtain the award for next year, so keep coming in and enjoying the atmosphere. We have sourced local venison, pheasant and rabbit for our forthcoming Winter menu, all will be sold at our affordable pub prices. Today we are sampling our game and christmas pies, so if you're in town come and try one. Thanks to all your support and we look forward to serving you soon.
House of the Trembling Madness is short listed for the Yorkshire Pub of the Year. We will be York's only pub entry and competition is tough. We offer honest food, quality beer, no square plates, no balsamic drizzles, no space and no table service. So it's up to the judges to decide wish way the pub award goes - gastro or madness? We're in favour of pubs selling good food at real day to day affordable prices not restaurant prices. Thanks to visit york for all their support and also awarding us pub of the year in York. Please find more details of the white rose awards here.
BPA is brewed with 5 specialty malts and generously- though not excessively -hopped
with three hops: Columbus for bittering, three additions of Celeia for aroma, then
dry-hopped with Cascade. Copper-golden in color with entrancing effervescence, BPA forms a substantial, fluffy white head, giving off aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. It's an American Pale with classic Belgian roots, BPA is exceedingly refreshing and well-balanced. BPA lends itself to a wide array of food pairings; seamlessly with lighter fare such as a madness salad and locally made cheeses and meats with spicy pickles, and never forget about your madness burgers and grilled sausages! Enjoy, and let us know what you think! For our other draught beers please see http://www.tremblingmadness.co.uk/menu.html
From October Beers with an ABV above 7.5 per cent will face 25% extra tax as part of the government’s plans to tackle alcohol related misuse.
They are completely toothless in the face of the real roots of alcohol abuse. The new law is completely unfair: If beer duty is to rise, it should rise uniformly.
Instead our business is handicapped in the market place for trying to elevate the status of beer in the UK.
The ABV of a beer has nothing to do with whether it inspires irresponsible drinking and to think otherwise is short-sighted. There is a culture of quantity over quality in the UK beer market; consumers are able to buy mountains of mainstream, 5-6%ABV beer for very little money and this is the kernel of the problem in the UK. Higher alcohol beers, in the main, tend to be more exciting artisanal beers that elevate beer above its current station in Britain and increase awareness of great craft beer.
At present, beer is seen as something you chug down in pints with the sole intention of getting drunk rather than savouring it. To think people consume higher alcohol beers in the same way as a pint of fizzy yellow lager is nothing short of archaic. Penalising those trying to redefine beer, rather than those breweries marketing their beer to be sold in large volumes and at low cost, is just backward thinking. There is now a huge disincentive for a customer to buy a quality craft beer and consequently is much more likely to buy a much larger volume of discount beer instead. There has been a huge growth in UK craft microbreweries in the past year and you would have thought that the government would have wanted to keep that going. There's over 700 UK breweries of which 90% are craft breweries producing artisan beers.
Within our retail business we sell over 600 ales, nearly half are over 7.5% abv. and we don't have any binge drinking clientele? Unfortunately 25% on the price of all those beers will probably mean they will no longer sell very well and our business will no doubt suffer, whereas the supermarkets will benefit as they don't sell those craft beers. Very disappointed, all in all, not a good day to be a beer drinker (or producer).
House of the Trembling Madness makes the finals for Yorkshire Pub of the Year - we're up against posh gastro pubs with square white plates drizzled with balsamic reduction - let's hope the judges pick some proper real food and beer!
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